What a Vegas Trip!

Well as I said I was heading to Vegas for CES and I have just got back. All I have to say is what a trip! This trip seemed different than all other trips to CES. I am really not sure what it was, but it was a good feeling for sure. This year was definitely more relaxed, less stressful and just a lot of fun! So why was this year so different from others?

First we stayed at a condo this year, not a hotel room. The place we stayed at was called The Jockey Club and it was right in the middle of the strip. Having a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo was much more comfortable than having everyone in a single hotel room. The condo also had a full kitchen, which definitely was a plus. Having the extra room of a condo made it possible for CyberPower to provide us with a desktop system to do video editing on. This not only saved us time, but make working much, much easier.

Second, the ThinkComputers coverage was all video this year. This meant we did not have to write as much. Coming home after a long day on the show floor, press events and industry parties the last thing you want to do is sit down for 2-3 hours and write articles. Having video meant that we really only needed to write intros for the articles. This definitely elevated a lot of stress. To give you an idea of the videos we shot check out my interview with Bill Owen of MNPCTECH!

Third, things were much more relaxed. It seemed in the past I really got stressed out over things at CES, but this year things were just chill, even down to our “dress code”. I decided this year that myself and staff could wear jeans and a simple dress shirt or something similar, most importantly everyone could wear sneakers instead of dress shoes. Besides just our dress code I scheduled most of my meetings so I was not running all over the place.

Finally I have gone to CES so many times I knew exactly what I needed to do and what I needed to get done. I don’t think there was one time during the week where I was super stressed or pissed off. Another great thing was my staff, not only are these guys great at what they do they are great friends and who better to spend a week in Vegas with! Stay tuned for many different posts about the trip. You can also check out all the coverage over on ThinkComputers!

Into 2012…

Wow can you believe it is already 2012!?! It seems like 2011 flew by! 2011 was an ok year for me, I know it had its ups and downs, but the good times definitely outweighed the bad times. This yeah has been a learning year for me, by that I mean I have learned from my mistakes and I’m doing things to not make those mistakes again. Case in point would be that over the past 3-4 months I have completely eliminated all of the drama from my life and cut out fake friends. By doing this I have been happier than ever! So what does 2012 have in store for me? Well let’s talk about things I want to do, I hate calling them resolutions.

Time Management – This is something that I have really been horrible at lately. I need to work smarter and stop wasting time on things that do not matter. I also need to stop being so lazy and just get things done!
Being more active – I always say I need to get in shape, but honestly I do. I am going to try to work out at least 3 times a week starting this week.
Blog More – Yeah yeah I know I haven’t really blogged that much at all but I really want to. Blogging is a great way to not only share experiences with friends and family but also save those memories.

Only 3 things? Well I think if I accomplish both of these goals I will be much happier and stress free. So what are my plans for 2012?

ThinkComputers – As always I will be doing ThinkComputers full time. This year I really want to make a big push a get the site to where it needs to be. Also with us doing video now I really want to gain a good following on YouTube.
COBCOB has been a great experience and learning process as it is the second company that I have started since ThinkComputers. I definitely want to gain more clients and really put more time into it as I do enjoy working with social media.
Other Endeavors – Well there is a possibility that I may be starting a 3rd company, but that is quite a ways away right now. I also am becoming more involved in the Pittsburgh startup scene and I will definitely continue that in 2012.

Thanks to my friends and family for always being there in 2011, here is to 2012!!

Some New Shows…Late 2011 Edition

Since I have been really working my a** off gearing up for the holiday season I really have not gone out that much. Usually at the end of a long day I try to wind down and relax by watch some TV…well Hulu mostly. Through Hulu I have discovered some great new shows, going through their Popular Shows page there really is a lot. Let’s take a look at few shows I am really enjoying right now. Instead of writing about them.

Terra Nova – (Hulu Link)

Pan Am – (Hulu Link)

Revenge – (Hulu Link)

Misfits – (Hulu Link)
Although this show is older, I’ve just discovered it!

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday of cancer at the age of 56. This was shocking and sad news to many people, myself included. For those who do not know Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Over the years he has been the visionary behind many of Apple’s greatest products and really changed the way many people view technology. Being that I work in technology I have followed Apple products over the years.

You know growing up you read about people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and George Westinghouse. These were all visionaries and people who really thought outside of the box. For our generation Steve is one of those visionaries. Obviously I was really too young to follow the early Apple Computers, but since Steve returned to Apple in 1997 I think most of us in the technology field really followed Apple closely. If you think about it personal computers might not be what they are today without Steve Jobs.

All innovators have to take chances and of the first one that really shocked many of us with the introduction of the iPod in 2001. MP3′s were not that popular back then and many people did not think the device would be successful, but as you know it was a huge success. There were MP3 players out there, but no company really made one that caught on. I’m sure many of you reading this currently own or have owned an iPod. This was a step away from Computers for Apple and gave them what they needed to continue as a successful company.

Just 2 years later Apple introduced the iTunes Music Store, which allowed you to purchase music online and download it. This completely changed the music industry and is revolutionary. Before the iTunes music store most people were still going out and purchasing CD’s or buying MP3′s online and websites that most likely do not exist anymore.

In 2005 Steve gave a great commencement speech at Stanford in which he talks about life, start Apple, getting fired from Apple and much more. Instead of me talking about it you can watch it below.

In 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone, which as you know completely changed how we view mobile phones. Before the iPhone I really cannot think of a mobile touchscreen phone that was popular and worked well. It completely changed the way people see phones and really pushed them to become all in one devices. Now the iPhone is one on its 4th generation and is one of the most popular mobile devices of all time. Here is a video of the unveiling of the original iPhone.

After the iPhone other great accomplishments where the iTunes App Store and of course the iPad and iPad 2.

I am in now way an Apple Fanboy, I run all PC’s at home, although I do own an iPhone. Whether you like Apple products or not you have to think about what Steve did in his life and how his vision changed the way we view personal computers, phones and the music industry. He was a true pioneer and visionary. We are quite lucky to have a person like him in our lifetime, there are not many like him. He has given many people, including myself inspiration to do what we love and to “Think Different”.